WASHINGTON – The push to make children comfortable with transgenderism has reached disturbing new depths, with a California school promoting it to kindergartners by having a 5-year-old boy undergo a “transition ceremony” in front of classmates.
The boy left his classroom at Rocklin Academy Schools in Rocklin dressed as a boy then returned dressed as a girl.
KTXL-TV, a Fox affiliate in Sacramento, reported two books written specifically for young children were read in the class “to illustrate what it means to be transgender.”
The two books were “I am Jazz” and “The Red Crayon,” according to LifeSiteNews.com. Both are meant to explain transgenderism in a sympathetic way to children ages 4 to 8.
“I am Jazz” is the story of a boy who thinks he is a girl.
“From the time she was two years old, Jazz knew that she had a girl’s brain in a boy’s body,” the book’s description on Amazon.com says. “She loved pink and dressing up as a mermaid and didn’t feel like herself in boys’ clothing. This confused her family, until they took her to a doctor who said that Jazz was transgender and that she was born that way. Jazz’s story is based on her real-life experience and she tells it in a simple, clear way that will be appreciated by picture book readers, their parents, and teachers.”
LifeSiteNews.com reported that after the teacher introduced the 5-year-old student to the class as a boy, he then went into the bathroom, and the teacher “then reintroduced ‘her’ to the children, explaining ‘she’ was now a ‘girl’ who now had a girl’s name and was to be called that from now on.”
The report said the “ceremony” traumatized some of the students, including girls who went home crying to their parents, asking if they were going to turn into a boy.
Many parents were upset about the event, especially since they were not informed beforehand that it was going to take place.
Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, which has been providing legal advice to the parents, told KTXL-TV “the majority of parents who had children in this kindergarten did not think that it would be age appropriate.”
The school district is arguing it did not need to notify parents before the event took place, since it falls under “diversity and tolerance curricula” and not sex education.
In response, some parents circulated a petition demanding that the school inform parents before any provocative material is presented to their children. The school district has changed its policy, and now controversial books such as “I am Jazz” must be submitted for approval to the school board. But the district still has not conceded that it is the parents’ right to know ahead of time when their children might be exposed to such a hotly debated topic.
Michelle Cretella, president of the American College of Pediatricians, has denounced such indoctrination of children as child abuse.
“All children should be told the truth that sex does not ever change and cannot be changed,” Cretella told LifeSiteNews in an email. “All children should be nurtured to embrace their bodies and the reality of their biological sex. All children should be affirmed as the unique boys or girls their bodies proclaim them to be.”